Archive | September, 2012

International Union of Mail Artists

29 Sep

Have you heard of it? It is fantastic. You create art and mail it – as is – to others all over the world. It’s an excellent way to exercise your right brain without your own art piling up; you can share it with so many people who simply love art.

This is some of the art I’ve received so far. I’m not quick at getting it out right now, my school work does come first, but I do my best to send it out to my friends on IUOMA as quickly as possible.

I love getting to see what other people do, and I love how each and every piece is unique. It’s one of my favorite things about art – it reflects a person’s personality.

Some of the works are two sided, others are just like postcards. And honestly, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

I’ve tried a couple different art forms, from hand making dream catchers to send out, to creating collages, and while I forgot to take pictures of most of what I’ve sent out, I did take one of my two most recent collages. I adore the butterfly one, and before these two, I made one with a shark accent. It was quite quirky; I really enjoyed it.

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ChefVille on Facebook offers recipes whenever you master a certain level on your food.

22 Sep

Kind of cool, if you ask me. Here’s a bruschetta recipe that was sent to my email from ChefVille:

Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.
Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.

fall walk

16 Sep
fall walk
Grad school here I come!…in another year. I would absolutely adore to wear this while taking my puppy (that I will get as soon as I have an apartment) with me. I’m looking for a dachshund female – blue and tan dapple. P.S. Click on the picture for the full effect.

I actually had time to exercise my right brain this evening.

14 Sep

I made a dream catcher from deer antlers. They came from my best friend’s house (her parents hunt; their deer chili is delicious!) and I was super excited when her parents gave them to me. I saw a deer antler dream catcher online for about $50. Mine cost a grand total of $0.30 for the embroidery floss; after I got the antlers, I had everything else in my dorm room from other projects and random trips.

I absolutely love this thing. Deer antlers, leather scraps, embroidery floss, feathers, and about two and a half hours went into this piece of artwork. The leather scraps came from a store in Cherokee that sold other things made from animal hides, and instead of letting the scraps go to waste, they sold them pretty cheap. I’m 90% sure the hide on my dream catcher is actually a deer hide.

Now to find a place to put it…

Sorry for (yet another) unannounced absence.

12 Sep

Things became incredibly crazy my last month at home, and my first few weeks at school. Now that I’m settled back in the dorm, I’ll be much more active!

❤ Emily